Bus Wars! Another Way to Get to NYC for a Buck
The dollar is really stretching these days . . . all the way to New York City.
Today, MegaBus announced that it will offer service between Washington and NYC, with rates starting at $1 each way. This adds some fire to the Battle of the Buses: On Thursday, BoltBus starts its $1 service.
Pound-pinching travelers in Europe might recall the name MegaBus. In summer 2002, the line started offering cheap seats throughout the United Kingdom. The Scottish company crossed the Atlantic in April 2006, landing in the Midwest with 17 routes. In August 2007, the Mega expanded to Los Angeles, offering service to San Francisco and Vegas, among others. Now, the company has put down its wheels on the East Coast.
Service between D.C. and NYC starts May 30. (The same day, the company will kick off routes between Manhattan and six other destinations, including Toronto, Boston, Atlantic City and Philadelphia--same rates.) The buses will depart from the Gray Line terminal at Union Station and drop off passengers outside Penn Station in midtown.
The new fleet will have WiFi, movies (G-rated blockbusters, so you can won't have to blindfold little Billy for four-plus hours) and reclining seats. The buses will run daily, 11 times a day in each direction. Seats start at $1 (plus 50-cent service charge online or $3 by calling 877-GO-2-MEGA). Depending on the day, time and demand, fares may increase to $3, $5, $8, etc., but won't exceed $21 one way.
Even better, between May 30 and June 5 , tickets are -- I have to scream it -- FREE. I definitely want to take a bite out of that Big Apple.
By Andrea Sachs |
March 25, 2008; 1:05 PM ET
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